As soon as she heard the news Cindy Branscum, Crowder's grant writer and project director, said, “It’s exciting for Neosho, for Crowder, our students, for high school students who will be coming to us. It’s great!”
In addition to expanding existing programs in nursing and allied health the college will implement programs for assistants in occupational therapy and physical therapy. Branscum's work will begin immediately in preparation for programs to start in the fall of 2011.
Crowder College’s four campuses (Neosho, Nevada, Cassville and Webb City) are well positioned between two large medical communities in Joplin, MO and Northwest Arkansas. The lack of personnel to fill much needed positions opens a world of opportunities for potential students.
Crowder College’s successful nursing program serves as an anchor program to the entire health science division with years of program management, industry partnerships and student data management experience. Nursing programs are currently operated in Neosho, Nevada and Cassville. One of the key elements is working with partners in the nine county service area to provide educational opportunities for individuals to enter and advance in health care careers.
Dr. Alan Marble, president of Crowder College, stated, “We’re happy to get it. We think it will do a lot for our community to help people go to work in the health care industry.”